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Desc:In which Asterix and Obelix must obtain Permit A38 in The Place That Sends You Mad.
Category:Classic Movies, Humor
Tags:70s, France, animation, Asterix, bureaucracy
Submitted:Rangoon
Date:07/19/15
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Comment count is 12
Scattersane - 2015-07-19
This movie and this bit especially is a big part of my childhood.

Also, how on earth does someone think they're Napoleon when Napoleon has not been born yet?
BiggerJ - 2015-07-19
Just. That. Crazy.

EvilHomer - 2015-07-19
>> Also, how on earth does someone think they're Napoleon when Napoleon has not been born yet?

I think it may be a stylistic choice. From what I recall about the comic books, Asterix was rife with anachronisms and historical inaccuracies, which, along with puns, accounted for a large part of its humor.

EvilHomer - 2015-07-19
Or should I say, "humor", because there's nothing funny about historical inaccuracies!

BiggerJ - 2015-07-19
I've thought way too much about how this movie is structured. There's three ways to divide the tasks.

HALVES - LUNCHTIME

The first eleven tasks appear to take place over the course of a single day, so it's only natural that the sixth task - to eat a massive meal by Calorifix the Gallic chef - is essentially Obelix's lunch.

THIRDS - THREE ACT FINALES

Every fourth act is bigger, longer and grander than the others. Task Four is a Fantasia-esque musical sequence wherein Asterix and Obelix are tempted by the beautiful siren-like priestesses of the Isle of Pleasure (they escape because Obelix is a boor who wants boar and gets booted out). Task Eight is the Place That Sends You Mad. Task Twelve is the grand finale: the Roman Circus Maximus, to which the entire indomitable Gallic village is subjected.

QUARTERS - FOUR THEMES

On top of that, the tasks are divided into four trios of thematically linked tasks. First are the Sportsmen - a sprinter, a javelin thrower and a wrestler. Next are the Specialists - the aforementioned priestesses of pleasure, a supernaturally skilled hypnotist and the overly gung-ho Chef Calorifix. Third are the Places - the (particularly surreal) Cave of the Beast from which nobody has returned, the Place That Sends You Mad, and an invisible tightrope over a river filled with crocodiles (the latter donated by Cleopatra). Last are the Roman Tasks - tasks connected to Roman culture. First of these is a riddle given by an old man on a mountain. This task turns out to be an ad campaign for the laundry detergent of the gods - and is indeed observed by the Roman gods themselves (who do indeed use the detergent), including a stark naked Venus. Next is to spend a night on a battlefield haunted by the ghosts of a fallen Roman legion. Last is, as mentioned above, the Roman Circus Maximus.
Scattersane - 2015-07-19
As a budding screenwriter, I rather enjoy this interpretation. Whether or not it was intended, it's fun food for thought.

oddeye - 2015-07-19
There is also YET ANOTHER way to look at this movie:

It's a kids cartoon, fucking grow up.

EvilHomer - 2015-07-19
Stars for oddeye! HE knows what it's all about.

Binro the Heretic - 2015-07-19
Ignore oddeye. Their enjoyment gland is atrophied.

mouser - 2015-07-19
It's weird to hear those in english.

Even the newer movies, the voice actors are not the same as for these original movies and while they sound close, always sound a bit alien.

How much of an impact did these movies have in the english world?
oddeye - 2015-07-19
Not too sure, let me ask a bunch of adult babies that can't movie past the stage of life that let them suck on thier mother's fat tits.

Bort - 2015-07-19
oddeye, Cool Cat would like to have a word with you about being a bully.

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